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USGBC President's Letter: Recession vs. Green Building

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Wed, 2009-09-23 22:58

Dear USGBC Constituents:

In recent weeks, a wave of fear and pessimism propagated by the world financial crisis has stolen the headlines, gripped the nation, and challenged our movement. In conversation after conversation, people are asking what will happen to the green building movement if our community is plunged into a recession.

Post-LEED Exam Comments

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Wed, 2009-09-23 22:55

When I surf around the web, I like to stay abreast of the trends related to LEED Certification and the LEED Exam. One thing that intrigues me is what people blog or write on forums about their experience taking the LEED Exam. Here’s a summary of the comments:

NUMBER ONE

What Can You Do?

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Wed, 2009-09-23 22:54

It’s always interesting to speak with people about energy conservation and liberating America from its energy dependence. Last night, I attended a wine party in my neighborhood, and the conversation invariably turned to politics and energy. Once I tell people that we have created a company aimed at improving quality of life (sustainable development) and liberating America from its disastrous dependence on foreign oil (resource efficiency), people usually get excited.

Stolen From the Future

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Wed, 2009-09-23 22:53

"The debts run up in recent years are particularly unfortunate, because they stole resources from the future without laying the groundwork for future growth. If you told me we were spending like crazy to build schools and send everyone to college, that would have infinitely different implications than borrowing like crazy to finance current consumption,” said Christina Romer, an economist at the University of California at Berkeley.

How Does the Bear Market Affect Sustainable Competition?

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Wed, 2009-09-23 22:52

The down market has changed the tune of many builders and developers. Two years ago, the building industry motto was that people would buy anything “so who cares what I build as long as I build it as fast as I can.” We also heard, “People don’t buy energy efficiency.” And, “That’s nice, but people would rather have a granite counter top.” At the end of the day, these attitudes translated into home and buildings that shortchanged our future because we built relatively inferior structures as fast as we could.

How to Support the Troops

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Wed, 2009-09-23 22:50

Bill Murphy Jr. wrote an op-ed on how to support the troops that's available in the online version of The Atlantic (10/08). In the article, he quotes one of Everblue's initial founders, Chris Boggiano:

The Value of a LEED AP Plus Salary Guidelines

Created:
Wed, 2009-09-23 22:49

Last Updated: 2017-04-18 03:43

We get asked all the time what career or business opportunities are involved once a person achieves LEED AP Certification. This is an interesting question. We could answer by posting the following chart that I came across this evening. It is the supposed pay scale of LEED APs:

median salary by years of experience leed ap

LEED Certification Exam Prep Courses

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Wed, 2009-09-23 22:47

I just finished teaching a two-day LEED Exam Prep Course, and although I’ve now taught quite a few of these courses, it still amazes me how much material we cover in two days. The LEED NC green rating system is jam-packed with at least 50 realistic and sustainable design principles. It's really cool to see students light up when they learn or realize some new principle that's outside their primary line of work, like the landscape designer perking up at the importance of daylighting.

Freedom Versus Oil

Created:
Wed, 2009-09-23 22:42

Below is an interesting graph from Foreign Policy about the First Law of Petropolitics.

petro graph

The Pickens Plan

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Wed, 2009-09-23 22:40

I’ve been a big fan of the Pickens Plan for a while, and I love the fact that he has committed to raising national attention about our energy crisis in a big way. Check out his video.

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